Police stop Punjab sugar mill employees’ protest

September 16th, 2008 - 11:05 pm ICT by IANS  

Chandigarh, Sep 16 (IANS) The police arrested 17 sugar mill employees of Punjab Tuesday who were protesting for hike in their salaries, sources said. The protesting employees of Sugarfed, an apex body federating 15 cooperative sugar mills of Punjab, were held when they tried to march towards Punjab assembly, said a police officer.

Hundreds of Sugarfed employees protested near the Sector 16 roundabout. Led by Karnail Singh, president of the Punjab Sugarfed employees union, the protesters faced a stiff police resistance.

The police used batons, tear gas and water cannons to stop the marchers from moving towards the assembly.

“We were protesting peacefully but the police thrashed us,” alleged Manjeet Singh, a protester.

However, the police said that they used tear gas and water cannons to disperse the mob.

“We had even called the managing director of Sugarfed, Punjab for the negotiations, but the protesting employees were not at all ready to talk. They were only insisting on marching towards the Punjab Vidhan Sabha,” Kulwant Singh, station house officer, Sector 17 police station told IANS.

The protesters pelted stones during which two police officials sustained injuries, said Singh.

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